Punjab: Minister of Agriculture launches awareness campaign on stubble burning, UPA students sensitize farmers

Punjab Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal on Wednesday launched an awareness campaign involving the students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to persuade farmers to avoid burning of stubble and adopt crop residue management practices.

Dhaliwal said the youths have a huge responsibility on their shoulders to make Punjab a pollution-free state and they must make sincere efforts to reach out to every farmer to inform them about the harmful effects of stubble burning. He said they should not be discouraged if they encountered any resistance. He asked the students to draw inspiration from the lives of the martyrs and ensure that the state was free from environmental hazards by waking up the peasantry. Expressing his concern for the environment, he said Punjab had polluted its own air, water and soil while filling the country’s godowns by producing grain.

Dhaliwal said the students were future scientists and their role was crucial in eliminating the threat by raising awareness among farmers. He said to manage stubble in fields, PUSA bio-decomposer will be sprayed on 5,000 acres in Punjab as part of a pilot project.

The Vice Chancellor, Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, said the burning of paddy stubble could pose a serious danger to the environment and human health. He asked the students to persuade farmers to take advantage of the crop residue management program offered by the state government, which would improve soil fertility organically and save the environment.

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